Discouragement is a threat to triumphant Christian living. The sources of discouragement are varied and they encroach with stealth, until the victims of their assault are overwhelmed. “The Lord is my strength…” (Exo 15:2). “He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak” (Isa 40:29). And for that reason, “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals, (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer” (Acts 2:42, NLT).
“…Be happy when you are insulted for being a Christian; …the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. If you suffer, …it must NOT be for murder, stealing, making trouble or prying into other people’s affairs. But it is NO shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by His name” (1 Pet 4:14-16, NLT). “…When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy” (Jam 1:2, NLT). “…We are full of joy even when we suffer. …Our suffering gives us the strength to go on” (Rom 5:3, NIRV).
Some cling to “judge not…” (Matt 7:1; Luke 6:37 & Rom 14:13 NKJV). What does it mean? Are you “…unworthy to judge the smallest matters… that pertain to this life… between… brethren” (1 Cor 6:2-5)? Examine Solomon (1 Kings 3:16-28). “…It is… your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning, [and] …remove the evil person from among you” (1 Cor 5:12-13, NLT). “You will be called priests of the Lord, ministers of… God…” (Isa 61:6, NLT), on earth and in the millennium (Rev 20:4-6). “…Always judge people fairly” (Lev 19:15, NLT).